Justice Studies

Bachelor of Science
School of Arts and Sciences
Four-Year Degree


The social sciences, which include justice studies, are focused on understanding people and their behaviors. The Westminster Justice Studies program treats the ethics of justice as a broad category of social and political issues relating to a critical analysis of crime and justice, intersectionality of gender and ethnicity, economic, environmental, and social justice.

Accordingly, students who choose a major in Justice Studies are encouraged to take interdisciplinary coursework that exposes them to alternative and diverse ways of thinking about the philosophical concept of justice. This includes, but is not limited to coursework in fields such as Anthropology, Communication, Economics, Environmental Studies, Gender Studies, Philosophy, Political Studies, and Psychology that helps students understand the nature of justice and why individuals and governmental institutions may or may not behave in a just manner.

Today, the competitive environment in which law and justice operate requires that persons entering or working in that arena possess a solid foundation in the cultural, ethical, historical, legal, and social aspects of Justice Studies as well as well-developed critical, analytical, and communication skills in order to be an effective law practitioner, researcher, or teacher in our field.

Graduates with a Justice Studies degree will be critical analysis thinkers who possess a firm academic foundation in the liberal arts upon which is built a solid knowledge base of how justice, in its many forms (such as race, class, gender, and others), meets the needs of American and global societies.

Key Benefits

  • Engage in independent research and experiential learning activities such as service learning and internships.
  • The strong liberal arts foundation in justice studies provides solid ground for students interested in pursuing graduate and professional degrees as well as a wide range of both traditional and non-traditional careers.
  • Understand the humanistic nature of justice and why individuals and institutions may or may not behave in a just manner through interdisciplinary coursework in fields such as Anthropology, Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Communications.
  • Experiment with ideas in an environment rich with diverse opinions, cultures, and people.
  • Gain a deep understanding of the cultural, social, political, ethical, and psychological inter-relationships out of which justice issues develop.
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Other Justice Studies Programs

We also offer an academic minor in Justice Studies.

About the Program

What You'll Learn

With the Justice Studies major there is the option to choose between two emphases: Criticial Analysis of Crime and Justice and Intersectionality of Ethnicity, Gender, and Justice.

The program integrates the Justice Studies curriculum relative to issues of ethnicity and gender with justice-oriented coursework being offered in a variety of disciplines across the campus to elicit answers and solutions for those institutional practices (governmental or private) that victimize our planet and beings that live in it.

Sample Courses

Courses like Community Justice, Legislation of Morality, and Restorative Justice examine issues of justice in a critical and analytical form under the specific lenses of ethnicity, race, class, and others. This enhanced critical-analytical focus makes the Justice Studies major even more consistent with pedagogical approaches taken in other social science disciplines such as Political Science, Psychology, Economics, and Anthropology.

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Career Opportunities

Potential Careers

The Justice Studies major is intended for students planning graduate study or careers in public and community service, including law, social justice, public administration, environmental protection, and urban affairs, plus those preparing to assume various civic roles in service or influencing policy formation in their communities.

While some students use their Justice Studies degree for graduate work in law or social sciences, others join the workforce as administrators, community activists, practitioners, and researchers.

Student Success

Given the rigorous nature of our program, the Justice Studies program helps students prepare to be successful in a wide variety of post-collegiate careers. Many of our students apply to graduate and professional school, and it is a goal of our program to prepare students for that experience and support them as fully as they complete their applications.

The Westminster Justice Studies program does a particularly effective job of preparing students for pursuits in professional and graduate degrees. As a result of the advantages and opportunities offered, Westminster College Justice Studies students have been admitted to the following graduate and professional programs, among others, over the past few years:
  • University of Utah
  • University of Iowa
  • Northeastern University
  • University of Oregon
  • Arizona State University
  • University of Virginia
  • Gonzaga University
  • Creighton University
  • Pacific University
  • University of Alaska
  • Michigan State University
  • Brock University (Canada)
  • University of Wyoming
  • Chapman University
  • Indiana University
  • University of Minnesota

Tuition and Aid

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With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, our students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of our students were either employed or attending graduate school within 5 months of graduating. With a Westminster degree, you don't have to choose between a successful career and a fulfilling life.

Tuition and Fees (2016–2017)

Full-Time Annual Tuition (12–16 credits)

$32,104 ($16,052 per semester)

Financial Aid

Average Total Financial Aid

$26,631 (merit scholarship,work-study, grants and loan funds)


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